PBA 3x3: SMB, TerraFirma advance to q'finals; Ginebra ousted

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 29 2021 03:45 PM

San Miguel Beer and TerraFirma 3x3 both advanced to the quarterfinals of the PBA 3x3 Lakas ng Tatlo Grand Finals. PBA Media Bureau
San Miguel Beer and TerraFirma 3x3 both advanced to the quarterfinals of the PBA 3x3 Lakas ng Tatlo Grand Finals. PBA Media Bureau


MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel Beer and TerraFirma 3x3 booked their spots in the quarterfinal phase of the PBA 3x3 Lakas ng Tatlo Grand Finals, Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

In a highly competitive Pool A, the Beermen and TerraFirma 3x3 finished tied with Leg 3 winners Sista Super Sealers, with all three teams tallying 1-1 win-loss records.

TerraFirma had beaten SMB, 21-17, but the Beermen recovered with a 21-15 rout of Sista. The Super Sealers, facing a must-win situation, nearly squandered an early seven-point lead against TerraFirma, but got two late baskets from RJ Argamino to claim an 18-14 win.

Unfortunately for Sista, they finished with the worst quotient among the three teams. SMB scored a total of 38 points, TerraFirma had 35, and Sista had 32.

In Pool B, Barangay Ginebra was eliminated after losing to Purefoods, 21-9; and to Pioneer Pro Tibay, 21-16.

The Gin Kings had snuck into the Grand Finals as the tenth-placed team after six legs, but were summarily ousted by Purefoods, which won the fourth leg, and the much-improved Pioneer squad.

In the final game of the pool phase, Pioneer outlasted Purefoods, 22-20, with Carlo De Chavez sinking the game-winning two-pointer in overtime.

Already qualified to the quarterfinals were the top four teams after six legs: top seed Meralco Bolts 3x3, second seed TNT Tropang GIGA, two-time champions and third seed Limitless Appmasters, and fourth-seed Platinum Karaoke.

Meralco will play TerraFirma in the quarters, while Limitless will take on San Miguel Beer.

Platinum, meanwhile, battles Pioneer, and the Tropang GIGA will take on Purefoods.